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Mike Tyson And Roy Jones Jr Will Fight For A Sanctioned Title Belt

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Mike Tyson And Roy Jones Jr Will Fight For A Sanctioned Title Belt

The winner of Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr will walk away with a title belt, with their fight set to be sanctioned and scored by one of the sanctioning bodies.

Tyson and Jones Jr were set to come out of retirement for an exhibition fight in September, but that has now been delayed until November.

Previously it wasn't known if the fight would even be scored and if there would be a winner, but, according to TMZ, one of the sanctioning bodies is expected to score the fight.

On top of that the American outlet claim that winner will get a 'specially-commissioned belt' for their success in the ring.

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The news the fight will be scored might come as a surprise to the California State Athletic Commission, who will be overseeing the fight.

Last month CSAC executive director Andy Forster played down the fight and the chances of a knockdown, saying, "This isn't a situation where they're going out there to try to take each other's heads off.

"They're just going to be in there moving around the ring and letting fans see these legends."

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That's not how Iron Mike sees it of course, with the former world champion claiming he was looking for the knockout. "This is search and destroy and I'm looking forward to recapturing my glory," he told TMZ, "If the opportunity comes, I'm always looking for it [the knockout]."

Iron Mike at the MGM Grand earlier this year. Image: PA Images
Iron Mike at the MGM Grand earlier this year. Image: PA Images

In a statement the 54-year-old heavyweight explained why the fight has been delayed, saying, "Changing the date to November 28th will give more people the opportunity to see the biggest comeback in boxing history.

"This temporary inconvenience will last longer than Roy Jones Jr. He better be ready, I'm coming full force."

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As well as the two boxing legends being in the main event, the undercard will feature former super middleweight world champion Badou Jack taking on the unbeaten Blake McKernan and YouTuber Jake Paul will face NBA star Nate Robinson.

It's not the first time Jake Paul has got in the ring. Image: PA Image
It's not the first time Jake Paul has got in the ring. Image: PA Image

Tyson had already got in some high profile sparring this week as he took on a shark for the Discovery channel's Shark Week.

It was a win for man over beast as Tyson came out on top in the 'Tyson vs Jaws' showdown, it might be a bit trickier when he faces Jones Jr.

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Will Tyson win in November? Will you be watching? Let us know your thoughts on the fight in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram

Topics: Heavyweight boxing, American boxing, Mike Tyson, Boxing News, Roy Jones Jr, Boxing, American sports, USA

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